UIL’s contribution to the 2013 International LitCam Conference on ‘Literacy and Gender’
The eighth International Literacy Campaign (LitCam) Conference took place on 7 and 8 October 2013 under the auspices of the Frankfurt Book Fair. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Literacy and Gender’. The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), as a long-standing cooperation partner of LitCam, presented a publication showcasing successful literacy programmes for women’s empowerment.
The Conference was attended by around 70 participants including speakers and panellists from Brazil, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iraq, Pakistan, Senegal, the UK and the USA.
UIL senior programme specialist Ulrike Hanemann presented key findings and recommendations resulting from the study Literacy and Women's Empowerment – Stories of Success and Inspiration and participated in a round table discussion on access to education for girls and women. Conference participants also discussed situations of disadvantage for boys in the industrialised world and the empowering role of literature and writing. One of the conclusions of a lively debate was that none of the recommended actions – such as challenging gender identities and strengthening pedagogy – exclusively benefits learners of either sex.